Oh my God I got an interview!

For a long term teaching position for next fall! Usually they need to interview all the permanent teachers first and then everyone on the LTO roster before they even get to their supply list!

It’s for a grade 4 French immersion classroom! I don’t really know anything about teaching the 4th grade but I’m really excited and really nervous at the same time!

anonymous asked:

Is it okay for teachers to be sarcastic in class? My mentor teacher this year commented on my observations that sarcasm has no place in the classroom, but I disagree. What do you think?

I’m guessing we are talking about older students, but just in case- if it’s little ones, I agree with your mentor. They can’t process it, misunderstandings, tears, no good.

For older students, it depends on your intent and their reaction. I’m an extremely sarcastic person naturally, and it works really well in class as a gentle, joking way to redirect off-task behaviors, and just for humor, but I have to be mindful never to use it in a hurtful way or with students who take things very literally.

So if it’s a safe class environment with rapport built and used with consideration, no problem. Let snark reign. ;) But if it’s being used as a replacement for genuine relationships with the kids, or as a shaming means of classroom management, then it will ultimately undermine the rapport you’re trying to build. They may laugh along out loud, but internally they’ll still register the mean-spiritedness of it, won’t trust or feel safe taking risks, and may validly become antagonistic in return.

Hope that helps!

anonymous asked:

I just finished high school, and I had huge respect for my teachers because they took the time to ask me about my life and give advice and counselling when I was struggling. You teach much younger students, but do you ever find yourself in a counsellor/mentor role and what is that like for you?

Of course – teaching is NEVER just about the distribution of knowledge, it’s about the building of character, and trust, and understanding, and emotions, and love. I find myself playing the role of mentor every day, whether I’m sitting with one kid in my classroom during lunch and they’re crying because they have no one to sit with, or whether I’m talking to a group of 25 middle school girls about why it is so important that they stand up for one another in their lives. I have counseled kids through crying sessions and screaming matches and breakdowns and breakups, and I have brushed their tears away, and I have watched them grow…and I have loved every single minute of it.


UChicago Careers In Education

For students interested in pursuing a career in education, there is UChicago Careers In Education Professions. The programs consists of a variety of resources for students such as advising, workshops, guest speakers, and teacher-training programs. Students also have the opportunity to intern at amazing places like Urban Education Institute, NYC Department of Education, Stand for Children, among many others. Students also have the opportunity to go on local, domestic, and international treks to educational organizations so that they can get a behind-the-scenes look at their potential career.

Originally posted by kaylas-life

Yesterday there was a festival going on in a shrine near Downtown

Some of my kids at my elementary school told me about it in the morning, so I decided to use my evening cycle ride as a chance to go down and check it out. The bulk of the festival (people stepping through a giant ring of fire) was at midnight, which I couldn’t make - so I went to check out the stalls and events.

Pretty much as soon as I got there I saw some of my kids at a stall, so I crept up behind them and said in a very friendly, but loud voice, “Hello, how are you?”. One kid span around and just trembled for a few seconds, the others all jumped, but answered and said hello, and we had a chat about the festival. Then I heard “PETER SENSEI” from across the shrine, and one of my really friendly cute 5th years came charging at me in a gorgeous yukata. I am not afraid to say I let out a high pitched “kawaiiiiiii” just in reflex.

Again, we chatted about the festival, then I asked what her recommendation for festival food was. Kid knew what was up. She recommended Sharpin ( シャーピン), which is apparently Chinese, and is pork and vegetables cooked in a kinda squished bun type thing, to make like a filled flatbread kinda looking thing. After she recommended it to me, she suddenly looked around at the stalls and whispered “these stalls aren’t good though, come with me” and lead me through the festival to a Sharpin stall right at the back, then recommended me two flavours (salt and spicy) and the order to eat them in xD I gotta say, girl had taste, those things were amazing.

Met some more of my kids, chatted with their parents a little, and some of the stall owners. It was a really wonderful time. If you get a good school in JET, with friendly kids, seeing them about like that can really make your day, and it did mine. 

anonymous asked:

We see heroes everyday in our lives. Firefighters, policemen, soldiers, doctors, scientists, or just bystanders who took action. A lot of people forget that all of these heroes were taught or inspired by someone, that is why they became heroes. My definition of a teacher anyone who teaches or inspires someone to do something that will bring a positive impact to their lives. In other words, a teacher is a hero.


These are the messages we saw on TV growing up; this was our reality TV. If you’re entertainment doesn’t uplift and inspire you to be a better person, then what is it really doing for you? TV shows like A Different World, The Cosby Show, and Fresh Prince motivated inner city kids like myself to go to college and strive for a better life. Thank you Debbie Allen; Thank you Bill Cosby for portraying minorities on television in a positive manner!